>> Baseball has long been a national passion in Cuba. And now it's a version for the blind that's taking off. I'm Sarah Marsh and I reported on this story for Reuters in Havana. We spoke to the Havana blind baseball team that trains several times a week and that wants to compete in international tournaments.
They told us that their dream is to compete in the 2020 Paralympic games. The Havana team told us that sound is crucial in blind baseball. The ball has jingle type bells inside it so that the fielders can locate it when it falls on the ground.>>
> Anybody who can do it, anybody whose mind and body can do it, should do it. Because it's going to help them both physically with their health, but also to liberate those feeling people sometimes have like when one feels separated. Here, we socialize, we converse, we share, we play, and above all, we practice the sport.
Players told us how they felt that blown baseball has improved their general sense of orientation and made them feel more integrated in to society. We spoke to one player who lost his sight in an explosion during his military service and he said he felt like his world caved in then, but baseball had given him back a sense of hope.
>> The coach told us that for blind baseball to be included as a discipline in the Paralympics there need to be two teams per continent and at the moment, it's only played in Asia, Europe, and Central America. However, he's hopeful that it will become more popular as the years go by, and he reckons that Cuba can be the best.
After all, baseball is something that runs through Cuban's veins.